What does isolate the speakers from the desk mean. I thought that you only need stands to get the speakers to the right height.
It means trying to avoid the whole desk vibrating like a giant membrane, blurring the sound, or (more simply) preventing rattles and buzzes which will spoil your listening.
Think how much more solid a floor is than a desk. Jump up and down on each if you think I'm kidding!
The desk is solid and does not seem to make any noises. I will have a look at the Auralex Mopads that Cnoevil said about.
NP has explained my concern above. A speaker's vibrations will be transmitted into what ever it's sitting on. This is fine if it's spiked into a concrete foor, as the unwanted resonances are "sunk" into the mass of concrete.
If what the speaker is sitting on causes any sort of booming or smearing, the speaker needs isolated, or de-coupled from it. How much your desk will effect the sound will depend on what it's made of, how heavy/solid it is and if there are any drawers/storage areas built into it, which will act as resonance chambers and sing along with the speaker.
De-coupling materials include Blu-tac, Granite, Sorbothane, Acousic Foam (Mopads), and filling the stands with materials like rice.
Coupling happens with the use of spikes and metal stands.
Paying attention to this could make or break the sound you will get.
Hope this helps
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Thanks for the advice. I will bare this in mind and try any new speakers at home on my desk before I buy them with different stands and de-coupling materials to hear what differance it makes to the sound.
My desk is heavy and solid wood with some draws in it and my bedroom floor is normal wooden floorboards.
Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus
Adam ARTist 6 speakers
Adam ARTist subwoofer
It's good advice! The biggest individual gain I got on my system was when I fitted the spikes and spike shoes, it really cleaned up the sound.
not to mention Golder Ear's tweeter is infact x-art tweeter. or should I say x-art tweeter is Heil A.V.T. tweeter and Golden Ear's H.V.F.R. tweeter is also Heil A.V.T. type.
Giro, InTheGroove, Digit, ClassicOne, MG12
Those Golden Ears speakers look good. The X-Art tweeter is what I like most with the Adam speakers so I want to listen to the Golden Ears ribbon tweeter. Thanks gbhsi1.
Your upgrading very fast. Give yourself some time to enjoy what you have!
If you still can't wait: Cheap (secondhand or old stock) Creek Destiny-1 amp, and Epos Epic 2 or Kef R300. You don't need a sub in that small room; place the speakers in the wright spot.
Airport Express (still analog), Artephonos Energa (power-tube-amp), Peitho 303 (speakers). Panasonic TX-P42G30 (tv).
Yes I am upgrading fast. This is because the Yamaha speakers have given me a taste of good sound and now I want more now I want the best. I do enjoy the Yamaha speakers and they will not be wasted because my dad will use them in his office with a Roland DAC. What ever speakers I get next will be keeping for a long time because I am taking driving lessons and will have less money to spend.
I have not heard the Creek Destiny 1 or Epos Epic 2 so will look out for them at the weekend. I have listened to the Kef speakers with a Marants amplifier and they are good but not as good as the Yamaha speakers which sound more in focus than the Kefs.
I do not mind having speakers that do not need a subwoofer. On the Yamaha subwoofer the volume is set very low so that I can only just hear it. The difference it makes to the sound of the speakers is small but it does make them sound bigger and heavier which is what I like. It is also good when watching TV.
Today I have bought some Adam ARTist 6 floorstanding speakers in gloss black with the matching Adam ARTist Sub for £1224.
Before buying these I spent 3 months listening to speakers and amplifiers in shops every weekend. I was willing to spend as much as £2000 to get the best sound but after comparing the ARTist 6 to other speakers at this price I didnt hear anything that I like better.
I had to move the desk out of my room so that the floorstanding ARTist 6 speakers would fit in here and the TV is now on the wall between the speakers. I also tried bigger Adam subwoofers which were better in the living room downstairs but in my little bedroom the ARTist subwoofer sounds just as good and was cheaper.
Good to hear back from you, and glad you got sorted.
The ARTist 6 speakers sound brilliant. They are really tiny for floorstanding speakers. 33.5" tall x 5.5" wide and work well in my bedroom. The matching ARTist subwoofer has all the bass I could want in such a small space.
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